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Old January 8 2008, 10:52 PM   #16
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Re: New to Star Trek

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Louis said:
Thanks so much for the replies, much appreciated!

Lindley - I like to watch a series with an interesting cast of characters, along with an engaging storyline.
You'll enjoy something about all the Treks then.

My advice is to start with the Original Series, then pick whichever series is on Spike.

Oh, and stay away from this board for about two years.
That's good to hear then
Stay away, to avoid spoilers or just general "Get out" ?
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Old January 8 2008, 11:36 PM   #17
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Re: New to Star Trek

I managed to spoil something big about one of the characters in DS9 by being here before I saw that part
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Old January 9 2008, 12:20 AM   #18
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I'd also recommend you try the movies as a sampler. The Voyage Home was my introduction to Star Trek, so I think the movies can be a good gateway. My top recommendation for TOS would be The Wrath of Khan, and for TNG I would recommend First Contact as the most enjoyable movie, although I think Insurrection is a better representation of what the TV show was like (be warned: some strongly dislike Insurrection, although I think it is very good).
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Old January 9 2008, 03:53 AM   #19
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Re: New to Star Trek

Just realize that all the 24th century spin offs are DRASTICALLY different than TOS. In look, in feel, in story telling, in every way possible they are apples and oranges. TOS is much more action/ sci-fi adventure oriented...rent the remastered version if at all possible. Gorgeous new FX have been added and the episodes have been digitally restored. The others are more modern and have better construction of sets but tend to be a bit talky with less emphasis on the adventure/fun side and a heavy reliance on technobabble (made up technical terminology that doesn't really mean squat!)

My advice is to sample both, but be prepared, the original Star Trek and multitude of spin-offs have as much in common as Happy Days and Mork and Mindy.
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Old January 9 2008, 12:38 PM   #20
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Imo you should sample TOS by the original movies, the original 60s series might even put you off
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Old January 9 2008, 06:37 PM   #21
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Imo you should sample TOS by the original movies, the original 60s series might even put you off
Unless you have a brain, in which case you should start with the series.
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Old January 9 2008, 06:58 PM   #22
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Re: New to Star Trek

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Ok this is what made me a trekkie.

Watch The Next Generation from start to finish.

Then watch Deep space nine start to finish.

These two shows shares a lot of cast, and their stories are shared some. Also they are the absolutely best shows. Voyager never lived up to its name and Enterprise never really went anywhere. TOS (the 60s show) is fine and all but I'm sorry it didn't age well. You shoudl absolutely watch movie 1-6 though as they are like a small series in themselves



Anyway if you follow these instructions you are a trekkie for life.
I was going to post my opinion, but it's done here perfectly.
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Old January 9 2008, 07:09 PM   #23
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Re: New to Star Trek

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Oh, and stay away from this board for about two years.
Best advice given in this entire thread.

But I'm really quite serious when I say this.

I think a person has a better chance of liking ALL the Trek shows if they stay the hell away from HERE.
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Old January 9 2008, 09:27 PM   #24
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Start with TOS. Balance of Terror is the best ep of any Trek, so start there. You will be happy you did.
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Old January 10 2008, 12:40 AM   #25
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TOS is unaccessible to those who crave the visual over the story (a lot of modern audiences, sadly). As a rule, I've always said that if you don't like seeing plays at the theater, you probably won't like TOS

TOS does have some great action episode, mind, which look even better with the new Remastered boxed sets (CGI replaces the iffy 1960s effects...which were kind of cheap in their day, too). 'Balance of Terror', 'Arena', 'The Doomsday Machine', 'The Ultimate Computer', 'Amok Time', 'Mirror, Mirror' and 'Court Martial' are all favourites of mine that are light on the sci-fi and heavy on the action/drama (though I obviously have other favourites that are heavier on the sci-fi). Probably easier as jump-in points.
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Old January 10 2008, 12:54 AM   #26
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Re: New to Star Trek

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TOS is unaccessible to those who crave the visual over the story
I strongly disagree. TOS was far more visually striking than modern Trek. It had cinematographers, directors and set designers who knew how to compose a shot.


As a rule, I've always said that if you don't like seeing plays at the theater, you probably won't like TOS

Why bother with such people?
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Old January 10 2008, 04:01 AM   #27
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I strongly disagree. TOS was far more visually striking than TOS.
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An interesting typo.
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Old January 10 2008, 04:29 AM   #28
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Corrected.
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Old January 10 2008, 04:56 AM   #29
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I like to watch a series with an interesting cast of characters, along with an engaging storyline.
Watch DS9 - it's the best of the bunch - the most engaging characters and definitely the best storyline (the others didn't have ongoing storylines, except for S3-S4 of ENT). If you're easily bored or frustrated, just watch Emissary, Battle Lines, Duet and In the Hands of the Prophets from S1, which is the weakest season. After that, it's good most of the time.
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Old January 10 2008, 09:02 AM   #30
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DS9 is the only one worth watching start to finish. It actually has a plot.
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